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Mars Imaginings: The Story
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Mars Imaginings: The Story

Suggested Books - Nonfiction

Elaine Landau, Scholastic, Children’s Press, 2008, ISBN 0531125602
Is there life on Mars? Nobody has ever found life on Mars, but some scientists think it’s possible that there is — or once was — life on the Red Planet. For children ages 10–13.

Planet Mars (See More Readers Level 1)
Seymour Simon, Chronicle Books, 2006, ISBN 0811854043
Young readers view photographs of Mars from the Spirit and Opportunity rovers and receive up-to-date information in an easy to read format. For children ages 6–8.

Mars and the Search for Life
Elaine Scott, Clarion Books, 2008, ISBN 0618766952
Despite the fondest desires of science fiction fans, everyone knows Mars isn’t inhabited by little green men. But could there ever have been life there, in some form? And if so, what happened to it? And could life exist there again one day? For children ages 9 and up.

Exploring Mars
David J. Ward, Lerner Publications, 2006, ISBN-10: 0822559366
Ward provides a comprehensive introduction to Mars that includes discussion of Mars’ surface features and water, life on Mars, and past and future missions to Mars. For children ages 9–12.

The Mighty Mars Rovers:  The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
Elizabeth Rusch, Houghton Mifflin, 2012, ISBN 054747881X
This book tells the greatest space robot adventure of all time through the eyes — and heart — of Steven Squyres, professor of astronomy at Cornell University and lead scientist on the mission. For children ages 9 and up.

Cars on Mars:  Roving the Red Planet
Alexandra Siy, Charlesbridge Publishing, 2011, ISBN 1570914621
Learn how scientists determined that there was once water on Mars and how the Earthbound NASA team resolved problems with the rovers from afar in order to prolong the mission, which continues today. For children ages 10 and up.

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